We Rule the Night released earlier this week and I am so excited to have its author, Claire Eliza Bartlett, on the blog today! Today Claire will be talking about the Night Witches, the first all-female fight unit, and her profiles on these brave women are fascinating!
Hello, and a big thanks right at the start for Jordan and The Heart of a Book Blogger for hosting me and asking me to talk about something super important: incredible women that the world forgot.
I first heard of the women known as the Night Witches a few years back, and as a feminist and historian I was outraged that it had taken me so long to find them. The world’s first all-female fight unit was assigned to bomb the German lines during World War II, in old crop-dusters that were no match for the superior German aircraft. The women of the regiment were fierce, fearless and dedicated – sometimes more dedicated to their home country than their country was to them. Their story inspired my debut novel, YA fantasy We Rule the Night.
Here are just a few of the women that blew me away with their courage and daring. The last two aren’t Night Witches, but they had an impact on me nevertheless!
There are so many amazing stories about World War II, and women played a role everywhere – we just have to look for it. These incredible ladies, and many more, inspired characters and events in We Rule the Night.And if you’d like to read about the Night Witches in their own words, check out A Dance With Deathby Anne Noggle.
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